Everyone deserves open networks, universal service funds and unlicensed spectrum. Internet.org does the opposite. Speak out now at NoFakeInternet.org
Article by Arzak Khan for Al Jazeera America
Internet.org, the partnership between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Norweigian telecom operator Telenor, seeks to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world’s population who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected world has today. The project was first launched in July 2014 in Zambia followed by Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, India, Philippines, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malawi.
If you're still a bit confused about the Fast Track bill, check out this great blog from our friends at EFF explaining in full detail the current state of the bill.
Article by EFF
If you're finding it hard to follow the machinations over the Fast Track bill, you're not alone—even Washington insiders are finding it hard to predict the administration's next move, as it changes from day to day. As of this morning, the House of Representatives has passed the Fast Track or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill—but not the associated Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that is a precondition of accepting Fast Track for pro-trade Democrats. This means that it's now up to the Senate to pass both bills if they can, and then to send TAA back to the House, on the strength of the assurance of Republican leaders that they will pass it there too—and that President Obama will wait to see both bills on his desk before he signs either.
An important contribution to the security conversation at a decisive time.
Article by Geoffrey King for CPJ
On Wednesday, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye will present his report on international legal protection for encryption and anonymity to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report is an important contribution to the security conversation at a time when some Western leaders are calling for ill-informed and impossible loopholes in technology--a trend that facilitates surveillance and tends to enable states that openly seek to repress journalists.
This battle is far from over! MEP Julia Reda's pro-user copyright report goes to a vote of the entire European Parliament on July 8/9, where we expect Old Media giants to again try to insert destructive amendments. Help us protect the gains we’ve made so far and push back against those powerful interests who want to restrict and censor our right to link online! Speak up at http://SaveTheLink.org?src=fba#SaveTheLink
Yesterday the U.S. House voted to give itself six more weeks to sort out Obama's trade agenda. It's now more important than ever that we speak out against the TPP, a secretive, internet-censoring deal that would break our digital future. Tell Trade Ministers not to censor the Internet at StoptheSecrecy.net
Great news everyone! We’ve been hard at work beating back bad proposals that would limit our right to link freely online - a campaign that this morning brought us all the way to the European Union Parliament, and to victory!
This morning, the powerful Legal Affairs committee of the EU Parliament passed what has been described as a ‘pro-user’ report on updating rules about how we share and collaborate online.
Well, here we go again: a powerful committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would kill the FCC's Open Internet rules – or, so-called “Net Neutrality” rules – that we fought hard for and won after a long battle alongside a broad coalition of civil society organizations, Internet freedom groups, and millions and millions of Internet users.
Obama has made a trip to Capitol Hill in a last ditch attempt to save Fast Track for the TPP. Speak out now at http://stopthesecrecy.net
Article by Krista Hughes for Reuters
A raging battle over President Barack Obama's request for "fast-track" authority central to improving U.S. ties with Asia resumes in the House of Representatives next week when lawmakers are expected to try to reverse Friday's defeat of linchpin trade legislation.